Maryland goes on scoring spree, drills Eastern Michigan

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey caught a 32-yard touchdown pass and ran twice for 81 yards, part of a prolific offensive showing that carried Maryland past Eastern Michigan 51-24 on Saturday.

Morgan Green ran for two touchdowns and Chris Turner threw for 212 yards and two TDs for the Terrapins (3-1), who scored on nine of their 13 possessions.

Kyle McMahon completed 25 of 37 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles. But Eastern Michigan (1-3), which had lost its previous three games against Maryland by a combined 132-19 score, was let down by a defense that forced only one punt and yielded 486 yards.

Heyward-Bey had runs of 35 and 46 yards, each of which set up a touchdown. He finished as the second-leading rusher for Maryland. Despite playing without injured Da'Rel Scott, who is averaging 135.7 yards on the ground, the Terrapins finished with 231 yards rushing.

Adrian Moten blocked a punt and had an interception to help the Terrapins go up 17-0 early in the second quarter.

After letting its lead dwindle to 24-14, Maryland scored on its first possession of the second half. Heyward-Bey ran 46 yards on the opening play, which led to Turner's 4-yard pass to tight end Dan Gronkowski in the end zone.

It was 34-17 after three quarters, and a 33-yard field goal by Obi Egekeze put the Terps up by 20 with 11:46 to go.

After EMU closed to 37-24, Heyward-Bey lateraled to Danny Oquendo, who threw a 43-yard TD pass to Isaiah Williams for a 44-24 lead.

The Eagles held a 15-8 advantage in first downs and a 291-178 lead in total yardage at halftime, but were intercepted twice, had a punt blocked and yielded a 57-yard kickoff return.

After a blocked punt by Moten set up a field goal, Eastern Michigan used the passing of McMahon (4-for-4, 68 yards) to get to the Maryland 5. But an interception by Jamari McCollough killed the drive.

On the next play, Heyward-Bey ran 35 yards on an end around. Nine plays later, Green scored from the 1 on fourth-and-goal for a 10-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Moten picked off a McMahon pass at the Eastern Michigan 48 before Green ran around right end for a 20-yard score.

The Eagles then moved 80 yards in 11 plays, converting a fourth-and-6 along the way, and closed to 17-7 on a 7-yard touchdown run by Terrence Blevins.

Maryland quickly restored the 17-point cushion. Torrey Smith ran the kickoff back 57 yards, and on the next play Turner hit Heyward-Bey in the right side of the end zone.

Eastern Michigan countered with a 13-yard pass from McMahon to Josh LeDuc with 44 seconds left in the half.